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The ten most expensive motorways in France

A new study has shone a light on which stretches of motorway in France cost the most per kilometre.

The ten most expensive motorways in France
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If you've driven on a French motorway, you've almost certainly been hit by the tolls. Some are just a few euros, while others can be eye-wateringly expensive. 
 
On Thursday, Internaute.com released its annual study into the most expensive motorways, taking into account the changes in prices that kicked in on February 1st.
 
The most expensive – by far – was the A14 from Paris to Orgeval (to the west of Paris) at a whopping 52 centimes per kilometre. This is more than three times as costly as the second placed motorway. 
 
The motorway that runs from the La Défense business district on the western edge of Paris is just 15.6 kilometres long, but depending on the time of the day can cost up to €8.30 at peak times. 
 
At its cheapest the motorway is just €1.50, however.
 
The second most expensive is a much longer highway at 140 kilometres, connecting Langon and Pau in south western France. The ride costs motorists €23.30 in total. 
 
The third priciest was the motorway connecting Sens and Artenay in central France, a 130-kilometre motorway that costs €19.90 – or 15.3 cents per kilometre. 
 
The group reports that tolls rose in France by 1.12 percent compared to last year, and by 16.4 percent over the last ten years.
 
Here is the full top ten
 
1. A14 Paris-Orgeval : (52 centimes/km)
2, A19 Sens-Artenay : (15.1 centimes/km)
3. A65 Langon-Pau (14.8 centimes/km)
4. A86 Super périphérique parisien (13.29 centimes/km)
5. A43 Lyon-Modane-Tunnel du Fréjus (12.90 centimes/km)
6. A43 Lyon-Tunnel du Fréjus (12.75 centimes/km)
7. A40 Mâcon-Tunnel du Mont-Blanc (10.84 centimes/km)
8. A11 Paris Ponthévrard-Nantes (10.61 centimes/km)
9. A8 Coudoux-Italie (10.35 centimes/km)
10. A85 Angers-Vierzon (10.29 centimes/km)

 
 
 

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Strikes: Transport chaos continues across France

Public transport in France was crippled for a fourth day Sunday as the government prepared to respond to anger over pension reforms that brought hundreds of thousands onto the streets as workers embarked on open-ended protest.

Strikes: Transport chaos continues across France
Image: JACQUES DEMARTHON / AFP

President Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and senior cabinet ministers are scheduled to hold a “working meeting” late Sunday to discuss a government project which the country's powerful labour unions claim will force many to work longer for a smaller retirement payout.

The strikes, which began Thursday over plans for a single, points-based pension scheme, recalled the winter of 1995, when three weeks of stoppages forced a social policy U-turn by the then-government.

‘Black Monday’ for commuters as public transport strikes set to continue across Paris

Macron's move to modernise France's retirement system is part of an election pledge to put the country on a solid financial footing — a mission that calls for painful changes in a country where many people have seen their spending power decline. 

Macron to hold crisis talks on pension reforms

The biggest labour unrest in years comes as France's economy is already dented by more than a year of weekly anti-government protests by “yellow vest” activists, and with Macron's popularity falling.

The mass strike closed schools Thursday, and hobbled commuters in Paris and its suburbs as well as other major cities through the weekend.

Many opted to take days off or to work from home, but thousands had no choice but to squeeze into perilously overfull suburban trains and metros whose numbers were slashed to a minimum.

Shows cancelled

Regional and international trains, including the Thalys and Eurostar, were also badly affected and many flights were cancelled on the first days of the strike.

Many tourists were left disappointed too, with the world-famous Louvre closing some rooms, and the Paris Opera and other theatres in the capital cancelling performances.

The chaos was set to continue on Monday, with the three main rail unions calling for the action to be stepped up ahead of another general strike and mass protests called for Tuesday.

“In the coming days, we recommend avoiding public transport,” said the website of the RATP public train, tram, bus and metro company on which some 10 million passengers in the larger Paris area rely daily to get to work.

Ten out of the RATP's 16 metro lines will be offline, four will offer limited service, and the only two driverless metros will run as usual but with a “risk of congestion” during peak hours. Inter-city rail operator SNCF cautioned of potentially “dangerous” overcrowding.

Philippe vowed to the Sunday newspaper Journal du Dimanche he was “determined” to pursue the reform — which will see 42 pension plans merged into one.

“If we do not make a far-reaching, serious and progressive reform today, someone else will do a really brutal one tomorrow,” said the head of government.

But the leader of the hardline CGT union, Philippe Martinez, told the paper: “We will keep up until the withdrawal” of the reform plan, which he said contained “nothing good”.

'Positive outcomes'

Under pressure, the government held talks with union representatives over the weekend, ahead of Sunday evening's emergency meeting.

Jean-Paul Delevoye, who Macron appointed to lead the pension reform project, is set to unveil the outcome of his months-long consultations on Monday, followed by Philippe announcing the final details of the proposed reform plan on Wednesday.

Delevoye has already angered unions by suggesting cancelling the more advantageous pensions enjoyed by some professions including public transport and utilities workers, sailors, notaries and even Paris Opera workers.

The proposals have brought thousands out on the streets in recent months, including train drivers, pilots, lawyers, doctors and police.

At least 800,000 took part in countrywide rallies Thursday, one of the biggest demonstrations of union strength in nearly a decade.

And on Saturday, some 23,500 people including “yellow vest” protesters marched against unemployment and waning spending power.

Philippe insisted the reform will “provide extremely positive outcomes for many people who are suffering injustices in the current system”, including women and farmers.

Businesses, however, feared for their bottom line with empty beds in many hotels and shopping hit by the transport stoppage on a key weekend in the run-up to Christmas.

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